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Penny Mordaunt uses British Sign Language in Commons first

BBC News

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt uses sign language in Parliament as she announces a global disability conference will take place in London later this month.


UK leading the way in use of language-learning apps

BBC News

While Duolingo and Busuu both offer free and paid-for premium versions, Babbel is only free for the first week. All three have put a lot of work into their software to try to make the learning process as effective as possible. But are they actually any good? How proficient can people get in another language by using them?


Mondly releases language-learning voice chatbot

ZDNet

Brasov, Transylvania-based Mondly has released a voice chatbot to help you learn languages. The chatbot interacts with users by using a speech recognition engine that allows users to practice speaking in a foreign language and receive adaptive audio-visual responses. AI techniques are becoming part of every day computing: here's how they're being used to help online retailers keep up with the competition. The app uses speech recognition technology from Nuance enhanced with an object recognition engine that identifies objects in the text. It understands millions of phrases in 33 languages.


This father singing with his baby in sign language is absolutely adorable

Mashable

In the video above, Kevin Nadrowski captures the joy he experiences with his daughter, Bayleigh, while singing "If You're Happy and You Know It." Both he and Bayleigh are deaf, and Nadrowski is teaching the infant how to sign. The father-daughter duo is quite the adorable team. Seth Meyers shuts down Trump's wall by exposing the inconsistencies


This country is developing its own sign language dictionary

Mashable

"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." The Indian government has embarked upon one such kind -- and first-of-its-kind -- project. A 12-member team put together by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is coming out with an Indian Sign Language (ISL) dictionary, the Indian Express reports. Over 6,000 English and Hindi words -- of everyday usage, legal, medical, technical and academic terms -- have already been compiled for the dictionary slated to release in March. Researchers have identified 44 hand-shapes used in India under which each of the 6,000 words would be classified.